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VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre
Carlow Town, Co. Carlow
Family friendly
Rainy days
Paid car parking
Set on the grounds of Carlow College, Old Dublin Road, Carlow Town, VISUAL Centre Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre has welcomed thousands of visitors since it was opened in 2009.

VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow Town, hosts artwork from local, national and international artists in five different gallery spaces. Admission is free of charge to all the gallery spaces. There are also a lot of activities to enjoy with various workshops and classes taking place in the building as part of the Learning and Engagement Programme throughout the year.

VISUAL has a theatre which hosts a varied programme of music, comedy, drama, film and dance. The George Bernard Shaw Theatre can seat 335 people, and a full list of events can be viewed on their website or by calling the box office team.

VISUAL was designed by Terry Pawson, a British architect with vast experience in designing buildings for the arts and cultural sector after he won an international architectural competition held by the RIAI. The €18m development is a joint project of Carlow Local Authorities and the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism under the Access Programme.

VISUAL also houses a restaurant, Lennons@Visual.

Tips from locals

Stroll around the 18th century surrounding parklands of Carlow College next door. Pop into the reception on weekdays to view the Carlow Art Collection, housed there permanently.

Contact details
Old Dublin Rd, Graigue, Carlow, R93 A3K1, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend 1 to 2 hours here.

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